Restaurant talk: Zuzu

I haven’t eaten at Zuzu Fresh Made Tex-Mex in years. I decided to go back because it seemed like a good alternative to Fuzzy’s on Saturday at lunchtime.

As Fuzzy’s was bursting at the seams with seemingly every mom, kid and spandex-clad cyclist in the White Rock area, Zuzu was relatively quiet. The food was better than I remembered — it seemed especially fresh. The veggies were bright and crisp, avocados ripe and green, the fish tacos were crunchy and savory and I dig their sauces, especially the green hot sauce — it’s mild, but add some diced jalapenos (available on the bar) and it is good on everything.

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We ordered the special, fish (pan seared tilapia) tacos for $8.95 which came with two tacos and a choice of sides (beans, salad, rice, and really good corn salad to name a few). It was as good as tilapia gets.

I can’t help but compare the salad at Zuzu’s (Mixed Veggie, $6.75) to a salad at Fuzzy’s — the quality of the ingredients is about equal. The price is comparable, though at Fuzzy’s you get fish or shrimp for the same price as straight veggies at Zuzu’s. But the biggest difference is the presentation — the Fuzzy’s salad comes in an oversized bowl and it’s so much easier and more enjoyable to eat than the Zuzu’s salad, which comes un-chopped on a tiny plate, which makes it very frustrating to eat. Granted, I am a salad lover so this matters to me more than it probably does to your average Tex-Mex consumer.

Zuzu’s is kid-friendly and offers a $2-$3 kiddie menu with lots of choices. They have sinful desserts that are regularly made fresh, plus an ice cream freezer with popular frozen treats. They have a $1 value menu that includes various flautas and tacos. The regular menu has vegetarian and low carb options.  All-in-all, it’s a nice neighborhood spot to sit with friends and enjoy good Tex-Mex.

4140 Abrams

11 a.m.-9 p.m daily


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  • Sleepy Head

    I always liked the fish tacos. They are the old-fashioned kind like you got in California back when. I just never make over that way much to eat…and if I do, the wife will make me go to IHOP.

  • kenjah

    I like ZuZu’s food WAY better than Fuzzy’s. I think that everyone is excited to have a place to hang at, and its new….Zuzu’s is ALWAYS our choice over fuzzys…I didn’t like their tacos as much as I like RUSTY’S either. and Good To Go open now…ehh…

    I do like fuzzy’s re-usable drink cup deal for $1. But is it BPA free?

  • colinnwn

    I eat at ZuZu’s a couple times a month. I really like the variety you get there, all their plates have several different items, and I love that you get a choice of sides, for a reasonable price. And the ambiance is low key.

    Fuzzy’s on Mockingbird is good, but I avoid it when the crowds are there. I also feel like it is a little bland. I somewhat prefer Rusty’s when I want Americanized tacos. But the amount of scorn heaped on Fuzzy’s here is I think over the top. The place is decent enough.

  • Bobby Fuller

    Zuzu on Hillcrest has been closed for years.
    Fuzzy’s on Mockingbird is a great disappointment, so overrated and staffed by undependable teenagers ramming plates into microwaves indiscriminately that it has driven its own cult followers away. It’s a independent franchise and they can’t keep the quality of the original in Fort Worth.
    Zuzu is your reliable neighborhood standby and any place with as good a dollar menu as they have should be supported in these dire economic times. Support Zuzu!

  • Anne

    There was also a Zuzu’s location on Hillcrest right across from SMU.

    I’m sorry to admit I had forgotten about ZuZu’s! In my experience, their food has always tasted impeccably fresh and delicious. I need to make a better effort to eat at Zuzu’s; would hate to lose them from the neighborhood dining options. I wonder if their traffic has dropped significantly since Fuzzy’s opened across the street.

    These days there’s something about the feta and garlic sauce at Fuzzy’s that I absolutely CRAVE. I tend to eat at off hours so I rarely encounter the hollering hordes of children at Fuzzy’s.

  • ceemac

    ate lunch at zuzu’s yesterday. eat there about once a month. it was good as always. Is this the only ZuZu’s left. There used to be one in Lake Highlands and one at Preston and Royal but hose have been gone for years.

  • Lee Gibson

    “As Fuzzy’s was bursting at the seams with seemingly every mom, kid and spandex-clad cyclist in the White Rock area, Zuzu was relatively quiet.”

    This difference by itself makes Zuzu’s the better choice.